* Posts by John F. Jackson

23 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Oct 2007

The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

John F. Jackson

Complete Trust

I think we can trust NASDAQ: MSFT completely ... it is a typical greedy, (American), totalitarian corporation and seeks almost exclusively to increase its revenues regardless of partners, customers or its position in society.

Having reached prominence in a value-for-money federation of CPU, disk, peripheral electronics and software advances via OEM's, the company tried with Windows 8 to copy NASDAQ: AAPL's insidious 30% tax on software development ... whilst evading corporate taxation in its operating territories.

Being partly a capitalist I like value-for-money federations of (technology) companies.

Being partly a Marxist I like the idea of marginalising NASDAQ: MSFT's operating tactics by legislation, so that the company can only earn its value add, rather than an arbitrary subscription to preserve its revenues in the face of diminishing returns from existing products and services.

A good recent example of this is the Onedrive renege, where we saw the raw greed of NASDAQ: MSFT exposed by a hastily constructed memo, attempting to justify a subscription charge for storage 60 times that of a home grown solution with pathetic rationalisations like 'some of our users have a lot of data'.

At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

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Just 4 things

1. The heads of those MS managers who made the decision.

2. Reinstatement of the previous terms and conditions.

3. OneDrive slogan as target for this week's caption competition.

4. A professional service level agreement for all Microsoft's services (they are rebranding as a services company after all).

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3. And God said:

"Let there be Lightroom".

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Dictionary Lookup

adjective, noun, verb

1. devine

a frequent misspelling of divine.

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The Hand

The Hand of God ... is not required if you have Cortana!

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OneDrive ... sounds like my sort of filesystem ...

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To the Cloud

Look to the cloud!

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Eureka - I've found Archimedes website!

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“I am the gateway; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find the Internet.” John 10:9

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Re: GodMode

I believe He only uses Norton GHOST for backups.

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Re: GodMode

Could never find JesusMode on Windows 8 - you?

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CTRL-ALT-DEL ... will do what to this universe?

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GodMode on the Start menu in Windows 10 - who needs it?

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Caption Comp

If the tock is underpants I'm switching to ARM.

US gov proves ISPs lie about bandwidth

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Ridicule? Fine? Emprison? Crucify?


Windows 7 speculation claims SP1 will land in Q4 2010

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Another reject

"Hi, I'm Bill, and leaving Windows before Vista was my idea."

HP, Dell punters furious over Windows 7 upgrade delays

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Same problem I had with Vista and DELL.

I researched the UK Internet Trading laws then.

If you ordered online the supplier has 30 days to produce the goods.

Should he fail you are entitled to purchase the goods at retail, if available, and send him the bill.

Consult trading standards, solictor ... count to 30 ... nearly there then!

Aspiring model pleasures Taoist master

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I'm up for it ;-)

"Aspiring model pleasures Taoist master

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Your place or mine?

"Thanks for the tip-off."

The pleasure was all mine!

HP strikes back on charges for 'free' Windows 7 upgrade

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If you are outraged by excessive delivery charges then you could hope that the vendor fails to deliver your disks before Nov 22nd. The UK distance selling act states that goods must be delivered within 30 days. After this period you are entitled to buy the product (if generally available) at retail. So find the dearest store suppying the same W7 version and send the bill to your PC vendor. If he doesn't like the price of the retail version versus his OEM price ... then he can see you in the small claims court, should he wish to pay not only the retail price but also for your time in attending the hearing. Maybe you make a profit! One might think that delivery within a month is a sure thing but DELL for one took 3 months with Vista.

Microsoft conjures imaginary 'Apple Tax'

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Difference minimal

One reason Kay and I call you a MACTARD is because you think the difference between 958 and 284 is 'minimal' and that the cost of a 19" monitor is 0.

The reason I call you a MACTARD and Kay a WINTARD is that you are both so biased that you can't even perform a simple comparison, starting with reading the specs, let alone produce some reasoned logic to guide readers.

Your article is one of the worst I've seen recently: on a par with ZDNET's garbage. Can I suggest that you and a WINTARD at El Reg collaborate on a fair comparison - one on which you both agree (or list the extent of your disagreement)?

Microsoft dropped Vista hardware spec to raise Intel profits

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Scandal summary in a limerick

There was a newbie called Nash,

Bought a 'capable' laptop with cash.

With INTEL inside,


"I'm sorry, I'll just have to crash."

Microhoo! or YahSoft!? The! people! must! decide!

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How about ... MOO!

Points For

1. It constitutes a valid condensate of the parent companies names.

2. Brevity.

3. Easy to pronounce in any language. Universally recognisable.

4. Humourous. Saying "I'm from MOO!" wearing a suit and tie would banish all thoughts of evil money grabbing corporations from the prospective's mind.

5. Fits recommendations from "The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding," by Al Ries and Laura Ries, which states that "A branding program should be designed to differentiate your cow from all of the other cattle on the range."

That exclamation mark is a killer application.


1. Business types like something enigmatic, long, difficult to translate, arid and pretentious.

You can close the gates on the voting ... I believe MOO! fits the bill nicely.

Pentagon: Electromagnetic pulse bombs from 2012

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I want one! Peace time applications.

By 2020 all cinemas and train 'quiet carriages' will have a cut down version of this device installed. Any selfish patron whose mobile phone rings in said public auditoria will have their electronics and brains fried simultaneously. Severe damage will result for the hardware and the clearly limited electrical activity in the offender's brain, once interrupted, may result in an agonising death.

Two new idioms will be coined:

"Don't EMP me, bro!" and

"Pulsed out, man."

Tasers too will be modified to include an EMP setting and distributed to the police, train attendants and cinema cast members for use in appropriate situations.